Obama Administration Steps up Abortion Center Protections After Tiller Shooting
by Steven Ertelt
June 1, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Following the shooting of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller on Sunday, the Obama administration is stepping up security for abortion centers across the country. The move will be taken even though the shooting was carried out by a vigilante unaffiliated with the pro-life movement.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder has given the order for the U.S. Marshals Service to begin protecting certain abortion businesses and abortion practitioners.
He said Sunday evening that the Obama administration will take "appropriate steps to help prevent any related acts of violence from occurring," according to a Washington Post report.
He said he made the order "to offer protection to other appropriate people and facilities around the nation."
As a precautionary measure, we will also take appropriate steps to help prevent any related acts of violence from occurring," he added.
There did not appear to be any effort on the part of the Obama administration to protect leading pro-life organizations or pro-life leaders who may be subjected to violence in response to the Tiller shooting.
LifeNews.com has already received harassing emails from abortion advocates responding to the shooting and has learned that pro-life groups have received harassing emails and phone calls.
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is one group that may benefit from the Holder order for beefed up security.
"In the wake of the tragic murder of Dr. George Tiller, PPMNS has accepted an offer to supplement our present security with support from the U.S. Marshals Service," said Sarah Stoesz, president of the abortion business, told the Post. "It is critically important that we ensure the safety of our doctors, staff and patients."
The protection will also be extended to late-term abortion practitioner Warren Hern, who does post-viability abortions in Boulder, Colorado.
Obama issued a statement late in the day saying he was "shocked and outraged" by the killing.
"However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence," Obama said.
National Right to Life, the large nationwide pro-life group, said it "extends its sympathies to Dr. Tiller’s family over this loss of life."
"The National Right to Life Committee unequivocally condemns any such acts of violence regardless of motivation. The pro-life movement works to protect the right to life and increase respect for human life. The unlawful use of violence is directly contrary to that goal," it said.
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